Yet Another CIPO Extension to Trademark Deadlines Due to COVID-19: Until July 20, 2020

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In light of the continuing COVID-19 disruptions, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has again extended its earlier automatic extensions, now until at least July 20, 2020 (the previous and sixth extension discussed here). These extensions now effectively cover deadlines falling between March 16, 2020 and July 19, 2020. Again, CIPO has not indicated this is the last automatic extension, and therefore further extensions are likely though not certain.

As a best practice, we recommend still meeting the original deadlines for all Canadian trademark matters, where possible. Clark Wilson LLP’s trademark group remains accessible and available to assist, and is working to meet such deadlines where we have timely instructions.

CIPO’s latest announcement on these automatic extensions, first made March 17, 2020 (and last updated June 30, 2020), can be found here.

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